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Community relief at plans for flood levee

Robyn Herron, Wednesday October 31, 2012 - 08:56 EDT

There are plans to build a levee around a community in the state's north west after it was evacuated three times in a year.

The Office of Heritage and Environment has offered the Brewarrina Shire Council $85,000 for a preliminary study to upgrade the bank at Weilmoringle, west of Lightning Ridge.

Residents of the Aboriginal community had to leave their homes for six weeks earlier this year due to concerns the electrical and sewer infrastructure would be indundated.

Anne Dennis from the Aboriginal Land Council says it is a crucial first stage to establishing the new levee.

"My understanding the meetings that I've been involved in that there needs to be an analysis and to determine what kind of levee bank particularly given the soil, if there's sand sediments actually in there so it will be the assessment process to determine what kind of structure is needed for that community," she said.

She says it is a relief for residents who have had to leave their homes, in some cases, for up to six weeks.

"It's been a long time coming in particular over the last three years being so wet and three times being evacuated, particularly two days before Christmas.

"It's something that they've worked hard with Brewarrina shire and also with the Weilmoringle Local Aboriginal Land Council to try to get a permanent structure so that they can protect property and feel safe."


- ABC

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